The Future of Cardiovascular Disease Research in Europe

March 8, 2004

Brussels, 05 Mar 2004

The Future of Cardiovascular Disease Research in Europe

Brussels, 19 March 2004

WHO? PHILIPPE BUSQUIN, Commissioner for Research, European Commission

In collaboration with Professor Dušan KEBER, Slovenian Minister for health

In collaboration with Maria del Pilar AYUSO CONZÁLEZ, Member of the European Parliament

WHAT? Conference on "The Future of Cardiovascular Disease Research in Europe"

WHEN? 19 March 2004 (9-18 hrs), press conference 13.00

WHERE? Centre Albert Borschette, room 0/A, Rue Froissart, 36, Brussels

On 19 March in Brussels, European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin will meet about 200 representatives from the field of cardiovascular research. This will include scientists and representatives from academia, industry, public administration, patient organisations, private foundations, European institutions and the media. They will discuss the challenges for cardiovascular disease (CVD) research over the next ten years, how to better organise and co-ordinate this research at the European level and how to raise awareness for the continuing needs in cardiovascular research.

Cardiovascular disease remains by far the leading cause of death in Europe, accounting for more than 40 % of all deaths. This is despite significant progress in disease prevention and treatment. Many challenges remain for the management of cardiovascular disease, in particular the ageing European population and general lifestyle issues. For example, cardiovascular health in women has improved less than in men because of the rate of smoking among women has increased. Improved survival rates for heart attack victims have also driven up figures for cardiovascular disease, with such patients often later developing chronic heart conditions such as congestive heart failure.

European research must address these challenges if further progress is to be made. The conference will contribute this process by providing a forum for discussion on research and infrastructure needs in cardiovascular research. It will also discuss how young researchers can be better supported and how the co-ordination of cardiovascular research in Europe can be improved.

Expert workshops on future and on-going developments, the need for infrastructure and the role of young scientists in cardiovascular research will take place in the lead up to the conference. Results from these workshops will be presented and discussed at the conference.

Conference programme

The conference programme is available below. Conference languages are English and French (simultaneous translation).

For a detailed programme and documents related to the conference please see 04.html

Additional information for the media:

  • As mentioned in the programme, a press conference with European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin, former cardiologist Minister Dušan Keber and Sir Charles George from the British Heart Foundation will take place at 13.00 in room AB/2C in the Centre A. Borschette.

  • A number of places will be made available for journalists during the whole conference (Centre A. Borschette, room 0/A).


Project officers
Unit "Research on Major Diseases", DG Research, European Commission

Catherine Berens, Tel: +32.2.295 09 40, Fax: +32.2.295 53 65,
E-mail: Catherine.Berens @

Elmar Nimmesgern, Tel: +32.2.296 93 04, Fax: +32.2.295 53 65,
E-mail: Elmar.Nimmesgern @

Media Contact

Michael H. Wappelhorst, Press and information officer
Information and communication Unit, Research DG, European Commission
Tel: +32.2.298 75 75, Fax: +32.2.295 82 20
E-mail: Michael.Wappelhorst @

Commissioner Philippe Busquin's spokesman
Fabio Fabbi, Spokesman for Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin, Press DG
Tel. +32.2.296 41 74, Fax +32.2.296 30 03
E-mail: Fabio.Fabbi @

Programme "The Future of Cardiovascular Research in Europe"

19 March 2004, Brussels; Conference Centre Albert Borschette

9:00 – 10:20

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Philippe Busquin, European Research Commissioner
  • Prof. Dušan Keber, Slovenian Minister for Health
  • Maria del Pilar Ayuso González, Member of the European Parliament


  • Keynote lecture: Prof. Sir James Black, King's College London:
  • Achievements in fundamental research bring benefit for patients

10:20 - 10:50

  • Coffee Break

    Morning session

    Chair: Prof. Peter Carmeliet, Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology and University of Leuven


      aProf. Thomas Lüscher, University Hospital, Zürich:
    • Achievements in clinical cardiovascular research


    • Prof. Daiva Rastenyte, Kaunas University of Medicine:
    • Epidemiology of cardiovascular disease


  • Prof. Andrzej Rynkiewicz, Medical University, Gdansk:
  • The economic burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe



  • Prof. Silvia Priori, Maugeri Foundation and University of Pavia:
  • Presentation of outcome from workshop on "Future developments in clinical cardiovascular research"


  • Prof. Thomas Eschenhagen, University Hospital Eppendorf, Hamburg:
  • Presentation of outcome from workshop "Young scientists in cardiovascular disease research"


Lunch and press conference (13:00)

Afternoon session

Chair: Dr. Ketty Schwartz, INSERM U 582, G. H. Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris


    aDr. Octavi Quintana Trias, Director Health, European Commision:
  • EU activities in cardiovascular research

14:25 Prof. Jean-Jacques Mercadier, INSERM U 460, G. H. Xavier Bichat, Paris: Presentation of outcome from workshop on "The next 10 years in cardiovascular research"


  • Prof. Lina Badimon, Cardiovascular Research Centre, Barcelona:
  • Presentation of outcome from workshop on "Needs for infrastructures for cardiovascular research"


Coffee break


  • Prof. Anders Svensson, AstraZeneca, Mölndal:
  • Strategy of cardiovascular research in industry


    aDr. Volkert Manger Cats, Netherlands Heart Foundation, The Hague:
  • Analysis of funding from different sources


  • Prof. Sir Charles George, British Heart Foundation, London:
  • Presentation of outcome from workshop on "Coordination of national research activities"


General discussion with chairs and presenters


Summary from rapporteur Prof. John Martin, University College London


Closing remarks by Commissioner Philippe Busquin

Registration form and further information

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